About Japanese

Japanese is the language spoken by Japanese people in Japan as well as Japanese communities in other countries. Different from most other languages, Japanese language’s writing system mainly consists of three scripts: hiragana, Katakana and Kanji. The Latin alphabet called rōmaji is also heavily used in recently years, especially in company names, advertising etc. In Japanese, each script has its own functions. Kanji are complex symbols mainly adopted from logographic Chinese characters, and they are used to write most content words. However, a kanji and a Chinese character may be the same in form but have completely different meanings. Hiragana are rounded symbols used for grammatical words, including particles and Katakana is mainly used for indicating a reading of a kanji in a dictionary or transcription of other borrowed foreign language words etc. Hiragana and Katakana script each contains 46 symbols, while kanji is said to include 50,000 characters, of which 3500 are commonly used.

To type Japanese without installing a Japanese keyboard, you can use a virtual Japanese keyboard, which allows you to type Japanese online by either clicking on the letters on the virtual Japanese keyboard or typing directly with your own keyboards. Then you can save your typing and copy text wherever you want.

However, to type Japanese using an online keyboard, you need Internet access and you have to copy and paste your Japanese text every time you finish typing. So it is apparently inefficient if you need to type Japanese on a regular basis. In this case, you will need to install a Japanese keyboard to type quickly and conveniently. But first you need to get familiar with Japanese keyboard layouts. Japanese keyboards have both hiragana and Roman letters indicated and you can type kana and roman letters directly into a computer. As for kanji input, it is very similar to Chinese input, you can either enter text phonetically then convert the text to kanji via an input method editor or enter kana directly. Below is a typical Japanese keyboard.

To get familiar with the Japanese keyboard layout fast, it is suggested that you buy a keyboard or a keyboard sticker of Japanese, which has the Japanese keyboard layout printed on it and can be placed on the surface of your existing keyboard. However, whether you want to type with a keyboard or a keyboard sticker you need to first install the Japanese keyboard.

Create text-based images or logos with Japanese fonts

Below is a collection of Japanese fonts. The following tool will enable you to enter text in Japanese, and then it will convert your text into images using different fonts, colors, sizes based on your selection. You can then save the image by right clicking on it. You may either enter Japanese directly or copy from other sources and paste below.


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